25 UX Design Tools to Simplify Designer’s Daily Routine

Michael Evans 26 February, 2015 17,282

A website design, with no matter how nice it looks, is nothing if its UX is bad. There are tons of websites that flaunt great design on pen and paper but can’t get a good place on the web. Since interaction between the website and the users is increasing exponentially, it is becoming imperative for web designers to make significant UX improvements. UX is the way to change both audience engagement and conversion rates.

UX tools for designers

Since designers have to deal with more complex UX issues to make their design more appealing to the targeted audience, they are looking for some tools that can help them automate some tasks or cut down on the complexities. Thankfully, there are hundreds of UX design tools available on the web. Of course, you don’t need all of them. To help you out, here we are bringing a round-up of some cool UX design tools, give them a try.


Wireframing UX Design Tools

Prototyping has become a necessity for designers who want to score high on the User Experience front. It enables them to test the idea before project development investment. With these tools you will be able to test the product throughout the production process and make improvements to create a robust user experience for your target audience.

Moqups

Moqups UX Design Tools

Moqups is a HTML5 app used to create wireframes, mockups or prototypes. Moqups provides a bunch of stencils that you can use to create a wireframe of your project. You can customize each component as for its color, text size, icons and more.

Wireframe

UX Design Tools Wireframe

This is another wireframing tool with minimalist interface. The tool is simple to use and it includes only a required minimum of features not to get you confused. Creating wireframes with this tool allows you to share them with others easily. Each wireframe you create gets its unique URL you can share.

Pencil

UX Design Tools Pencil

It is a GUI prototyping tool. As it is an open source tool, you can simply install it on your desktop and start wire framing.

Balsamiq

UX Design Tools Balsamiq

Don’t want to spend hours on prototyping? In this case, you should use Balsamiq. This tool emulates the whiteboard sketching but on computer. It is simple yet highly effective when it comes to create a powerful prototype. Balsamiq helps you create multiple mockups so that you can test them all and find the one that delivers the best result.

PowerMockup

UX Tools 2015 PowerMockup

Are you a PowerPoint wizard? Then you are going to love this tool as it converts the PowerPoint program into a powerful wireframing tool. That means you would not have to learn any new software at all. PowerMockup enables non-tech savvy persons to get involved in the design and development process, which is definitely one of its major benefits.

UXPin

UX Design Tools 2015 UXPin

Looking for a tool that lets you create interactive prototype and wireframes? UXPin is a highly intuitive and easy to use tool. You can even get an idea of how the product is going to look like in mobile browsers by resizing the browsers screen.

Solidify

Wireframing Tools Solidify

This is a powerful and feature-rich wireframing tool. Solidify lets you test the prototype on multiple devices like Desktop, Tablet, Smartphone etc. Within this tool you can create prototypes and let them get tested by users who may share their feedbacks/experience. You can use mockup, wireframe or sketches to create clickable prototypes and then you can ask the users to perform some actions to get to know how they are faring with the prototype.

Gliffy

UX Design Tools Gliffy

Gliffy is not just another wireframing tool; it is way more than that. Gliffy lets you create Network diagrams, complicated technical drawings, flowcharts, UML diagrams and more. Its intuitive interface allows you to create compelling diagrams in a matter of few minutes.

POP

UX Tools POP

Transforming your ideas into a workable prototype that people can actually use and share their valuable feedback is a time consuming task. POP is here to help you out. With this tool, you will be able to build prototype right away without going through the rigorous and time consuming process of doing it manually.


A/B Testing Tools

The idea behind these tools is to create two versions of a page and then test them to figure out which version performs better. Conversion rates, Average Time Spent on Page etc. are some of the metrics that you can use to judge the performance of a web page.

Desinion

Testing Tools Desinion

Unsure if you are designing the project users expect to see? Within this A/B testing tool you can ask any question you like and get a real response. This tool offers a useful feature – debates. You can embed design debated on your website to get users involved into your design process. Also, you can create private debates and share them with friends only.

Visual Website Optimizer

UX Testing Tools Visual Optimizer

This is a simple yet immensely powerful tool and which makes A/B testing a piece of cake with. It also allows you to do Multivariate Testing and Split URL Testing. Segmentable Reports and Revenue Analysis are also available with Visual Website Optimizer.

Optimizely

UX Tools Optimizely

This is a trusted A/B testing tool that allows users to run a test without getting much involved in its technicalities. Its code-free visual editor is a big hit among marketers.


Usability Testing Tools

When it comes to building a robust UX for your website, you may need these tools to help you get a grip on the subject and identify the needs of the targeted users and also their psychology. If you can identify what the users actually want and build an interface based on those inputs, the design is certainly going to wow the audience. UX testing tools are divided into remote usability testing tools, DIY services and feedback tools – here we have gathered all of them, so you can pick which one suits you best.

Loop11

UX Tools Loop11
Loop11 is a simple testing tool with no HTML experience requirements. It gives you a choice – you can use ready-made templates or create a theme yourself. Also, there are multiple ways to invite participates to your test. You can send you own list based on social media, create a popup-up on your site to find interested users, recruit from your website using Ethnio, etc. By the way, within Ethnio http://ethn.io/ you will get a chance to email or call people to interview them directly. All you have to do is to create a list of questions and then the selected people will answer them. Based on the outcome, you will make necessary changes in the design.

Concept Feedback

UX Testing Concept Feedback

This tool helps you make a web page more conversion friendly by allowing you to get the UX part right. Once you submit a design, professionals from the fields of usability and strategy will analyze it and share their feedback which can use to improve your site.

Usability Tools

Usability Tools

This one of the most widely used UX design tools that have gained immense popularity among designers and marketers due to its powerful features. This tool helps to analyze a web page from the perspective of a user. This is a huge advantage for a designer as he gets to know where he needs to make changes to increase conversion or which elements need to be repositioned to be able to facilitate certain actions. Usability Tools allows you to get direct feedback from people who are actually using the product.

Appsee

UX Design Tools Appsee

This is ‘analytics software’ which is used to track the app users’ activity. This tool helps you get valuable inputs as to how the users are interacting with the app. The ‘User Recording’ feature of this tool is the most impressive one. It records the actions of the users and thereby gives you an excellent understanding of the users’ behavior. Therefore, you can and fix the problems easier. This is a helpful tool to improve the overall performance of your app.

Attensee

UX Tools Attensee

This is an eye tracking tool and it helps you understand how your targeted audience is viewing the design. Attensee gives you visual representation of how people are noticing the ‘important’ elements of your website. Something is seriously wrong with the design, if you find that a significant number of users are actually not focusing on the conversion-oriented elements like Banner Ads, Call to Action Buttons, Value Propositions etc. Attensee can help you fix this.

UserVoice

UserVoice UX Tool

This is another powerful tool that lets you have a bird eye view of the different activities of the users while they browse your website. It does a great job by allowing you to get direct feedback from real users and fix the problems that they are facing.

MouseStats

UX Testing Tools MouseStats

As the name of this tool suggests, MouseStats helps you track the mouse activities of the users. As you are probably aware of, the movements of the mouse imitates eye movements of the users. Tracking the movements is going to give you vital clues as to how users are interacting or going to interact with the design. The best thing about this tool is that it provides you with a pictorial representation of the users’ activities and thereby helps you to make necessary changes.


Collaboration Tools

Team effort is a must when it comes to developing a great UX experience for your targeted audience. So, you need to have access to some tools that can help members of your team to collaborate effectively and effortlessly. Check out the following tools.

Filesq

Collaboration Tools Filesq

This is more than just a simple collaboration tool. It enables you to create interactive prototype and at the same time collaborate with other team members. Take creative decisions and get feedback from people in real time.

Notism

Notism Collaboration Tool

Are you working on visual content and looking for a collaboration tool? Then you need of Notism. Sketches and notes are used for communication purpose. People will get real-time notifications and feedback from clients and co-workers.

Red Pen

Red Pen Collaboration Tool

Collaboration has never been this fun thanks to RedPen. This UX tool has redefined the concept of collaboration by making it super simple. It is specifically designed and developed to facilitate visual content collaboration. Sharing feedback is simple; the users simply have to point their cursors on the visual content and click on it. It will open a small text box and users can write their feedback there.

Memosort

memosort UX Collaboration Tools

Distance will no longer be a barrier thanks to Memosort. This amazing tool helps you connect with you team and collaborate in real time. It comes with ‘Virtual Labels’ and ‘Post-Its’ and that means, when the work is done, you have the peace of mind that the workplace is not littered with Sticky Notes. Since everything gets auto-saved in Memosort, you can focus on brainstorming.

Trello

Trello Collaboration Tool

Forget the long and boring emails because Trello is here to simplify the idea of collaboration. The good thing about this tool is that it is free. Trello board is a nice concept developed by this tool. It makes collaboration fun. All you have to do is to drag and drop cards to signify the progress and add people by ‘dragging’ them to those cards. It also gets updated on real time.

Invision

Invision Collaboration Tool

It is an interesting mix of a collaboration and prototyping tool. With it, you will be able to create interactive and interesting prototypes. Real time collaboration is also possible with Invision. All you need to do is to send a link of the design to other members of the team and they will be able to work on it.

So, these are some UX design tools that are helping web designers to build a better web.

Author: Michael Evans
There are a lot of topics Michael can cover. But web design and development are his favorite ones. He likes all IT-related stuff and can share his experience with you. Check out his latest posts on our blog.
  • Eileen Coyle

    Hi,

    I’d suggest adding fluidui.com to the list of wireframing and UX Design Tools. It has a simple drag and drop interface and is easy to learn. Sharing prototypes with users and team members straight away means getting feedback on how the product is performing and what sort of changes you may need to make before going to code.

    Eileen (from fluidui)

  • Jessie

    Hi Michael, thanks for this informative tool collection list. I’d like to add Mockplus to this great list. Mockplus is a simple yet powerful UX prototyping design tool. It can help build your brilliant prototypes just within several minutes, free of coding, training and programming. The drag-and-drop make you set pages interactive links easily and quickly.

  • Michael L. Casey

    Thanks for all the great ways to go with UX design and other collaboration tools! I bookmarked many and will return to investigate further.

  • Mohamed Nour

    very helpful article

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